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Kyrie Irving gets 2nd career triple-double as Celtics overcome Kings

first_imgAs happy as he was with the comeback, Irving said it doesn’t compare to the mentality Boston will need in the postseason to be successful.“It’s going to be a dogfight, no matter who you are playing against,” Irving said. “Obviously, when you have a team fighting for playoff position, it is going to be that type of intensity and you have to be ready for it.”Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 34 points. Harrison Barnes added 20, and De’Aaron Fox had 19 points, nine assists and seven rounds as the Kings lost for the 11th straight time in Boston.The Kings have dropped 13 of 17 road games as their hopes of catching the Clippers for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot took another hit.“Still believe we have a chance to make the playoffs,” Hield said. “We suck right now. We have to close out games better and I don’t know if it’s the pressure or something else.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates near the end of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics are running out of time to work out their kinks with the postseason a month away.For the second time in just over a week, they needed some late-game heroics to fend off a Kings team whose playoff hopes have been fading for weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics: Irving is the first Celtics player to record 30-plus points and a triple-double in the same game since Rajon Rondo on Feb. 12, 2012, against the Bulls. … Boston shot 39 percent (10 for 26) in the field in the first quarter and 1 for 12 from the 3-point line in the first half.ACCURATE KINGSBoston missed eight of its first 10 shots as the Kings sprinted out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarterAnd much like in the Celtics’ 25-point loss against the Clippers on Monday, Sacramento was able to rack up easy transition baskets.The Kings ended the quarter with a 38-25 lead, shooting 70 percent from the field and connecting on four 3-pointers. Barnes led Sacramento with 11 points in the quarter. Hield added 10, going 4 for 4 from the field and 2 for 2 from deep.UP NEXTKings: Visit Philadelphia on Friday.Celtics: Host Hawks on Saturday. LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pacers rally from 19 points down to extinguish Thunder Kyrie Irving had 31 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Boston overcome a 17-point first-half deficit to beat Sacramento 126-120 on Thursday night.It was Irving’s second career triple-double. His first was with Cleveland on Feb. 28, 2014, against Utah.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJaylen Brown added 22 points, and Marcus Morris finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds.It was Boston’s second victory over Sacramento in eight days, and the Celtics’ fourth win in five games overall. View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sacramento had split the first two games of its four-game trip. The Kings were hoping for a boost with rookie Marvin Bagley III returning after spraining his left knee in a home loss to Milwaukee on Feb. 27 and missing five games.He played only 10 minutes in the first half but had 10 points to help the Kings build a 17-point lead. He finished with 14 points and six rebounds.The Celtics returned home on the mend following a 3-1 West Coast trip.Jayson Tatum was back in the starting lineup after missing a game with right shoulder soreness. Smart was battling a cold but also started. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier and Daniel Theis both sat out with illnesses.It had its effect. Despite playing on two days’ rest, the Celtics were slow on switches on defense and relied on jump shots early. They stayed close thanks in large part to Irving’s 19 first-half points.Boston was much more energetic in the third quarter, opening on a 9-2 run to take its first lead since early in the first quarter.Sacramento led 89-79 with less than three minutes to play in the period before a 3 by Irving and three straight 3-pointers by Brown put the Celtics back in front.Boston led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSKings: Outscored the Celtics 22-11 in fast-break points.last_img read more

Reflections on a career

first_imgI recently read a book about the history of the Patapsco River, an important tributary in Maryland, and was struck by the slow pace of change over human history. A 17th century farmer’s life was likely no different from that of an agrarian several thousand years earlier. For most of human history one’s life was pretty much like that of one’s great-grandparents.Until now.The industrial revolution took place yesterday, considering humankind’s long presence on this planet. Starting in the mid-18th century it moved people from the land into factories and created all sorts of consumer goodies. But people remained largely poor; I read (somewhere) that in 1810 94% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty compared with 10% today. (Interestingly, in absolute numbers, roughly the same number of people remain in that unenviable lot today and two centuries ago).My late grandmother was born in 1898. She grew up in Manhattan. I once asked if she had had a telephone; her reply was that she did know someone, on the other side of the island, who had one. I well remember in the 50s and 60s how any long-distance call was a matter of Dad’s urgent business or an announcement of a death in the family. In fact, here in the USA it was illegal to own a phone then; Ma Bell leased them to consumers. Yet now pretty much everyone is glued to their personal phones.In my family, in the course of three generations, this technology has gone from unattainable to routine. Except that today’s devices don’t resemble those of 1910, 1950, or even 1980 at all; they are battery-powered computers that just a few years ago would have been impossible to imagine.As a kid the technology we had wasn’t much different from that of 1930. Dad built a vacuum tube Heathkit radio and amplifier which were, for many years, the family’s sole source of music. We did get a TV around 1960. Black and white, it required constant fiddling with the horizontal and vertical sync controls to show a picture. I suspect the first transistorized anything we had was from the mid-1960s when I built a pair of Heathkit walkie-talkies.About a year after Intel introduced the first commercially-successful microprocessor I became an engineer. We were using the 8008, a revolutionary device that in many ways created the entire embedded systems industry. Yet that chip needed an army of support electronics to do anything useful. An entire board full of logic gave it the capability to run software, but one still needed another board of chips for RAM (typically 4KB) and yet another for EPROM to store the program. That was in 1702s, a 256 byte (not a misprint) ROM with a quartz window. Expose the silicon to intense UV light for a quarter hour and the chip was a clean slate ready to be reprogrammed.A 1702 EPROM, from Wikipedia One of our early 8008 products required 4KB of program space (in 16 EPROM chips!), yet it did floating-point linear regressions and took data in real time at tens of microseconds rates.That 8008 was about $650 each (just for the chip) in today’s dollars.Now, 40+ years later, programs are often megabytes in size. Microcontrollers offer complete computers, memory and all, on a single chip for less than a buck. The $5000 five MB hard disk (with a removable 14” platter) we used in the early 70s has been replaced by a $50 terabyte drive.A personal computer, circa 1970, From Wikipedia How things have changed!Yet many professions have not. One of my brothers sells jewelry to stores. He claims that the business is just like it was four decades ago, except that the number of stores has declined due to on-line shopping. Another is a philosopher who uses modern tools to expound on ancient ideas.Electronic engineering is a field where change is the only constant. Some wags claim the field is reinvented every two years, a silly notion considering just how much of our knowledge base remains unchanged. Maxwell’s Laws, Kirchhoff, De Morgan, transistor theory (at least most of it) and so many other subjects foundational to our work are pretty much the same as in our college years. But the technology itself evolves at a dizzyingly pace. The mainframe shown above could now exist on a single fleck of silicon no bigger than a fingernail. Instead of costing millions, today they are so cheap they’re used as giveaways.It’s hard to point to any bit of our tech that is unchanged. The lowly resistor is now an 0302 thin-film device. Supercaps offer farads of capacitance. Where a four-layer PCB was once unimaginable, today it’s not rare to see layers stacked tens deep. Buried vias? Who would have dreamed of such a structure 40 years ago?Embedded software has changed as well. In the 1970s it was all done in assembly language. C and C++ are now (by far) the dominant languages. One could argue that C took over around 1990 and has stagnated since, but the firmware ecosystem is nothing like it was a years ago. Today one can get software components like GUIs, filesystems and much more as robust and reasonably-priced packages. Static analyzers find bugs automatically while other tools will generate unit tests. Where we used to use paper tape for mass storage when developing code, patching binaries rather than reassembling to save time, now fantastic IDEs can graphically show what tasks execute when, or capture trace data from a processor furiously executing 100 million instructions per second.Embedded systems have always suffered from being the neglected kid in town; all the tech glory goes to iPads and PCs. The hundreds of millions of lines of HDL needed to design a tablet’s SoC represent an incredible engineering accomplishment. But to me, much more exciting are the modern 32-bit microcontrollers that cost nothing yet offer fantastic performance.We’re at a singular point in history, at least embedded history. Today cheap yet very powerful 32-bit MCUs that include vast amounts of memory and astonishing arrays of peripherals, coupled with their extremely low power needs and widely available communications I/O and infrastructure, are redefining the nature of our business. And don’t forget the huge number of sensors now available – a gyro used to be big, power-hungry and expensive. Now you can get one for a couple of bucks. There has long been a desire for insanely-cheap devices that run for years on a primary battery and that can push data from pretty much anywhere back to where it’s needed. That technology is here, now. Expect to see some very cool products hit the market.Thinking about the changes I have seen in my years as an engineer makes me believe that this is the greatest career on the planet.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . Log in to Reply “I recall buying a Microsystems International (Canadian second-source to Intel) 8008 for @120 in 1975 or so. Microsystems International was a successful profitable LSI company at the time, but their parent killed them for not being profitable enough.nnIn September 20, 2016 at 11:58 pm Continue Reading Previous Caveman diorama meets Huntsville modeling competitionNext Signing off 1 thought on “Reflections on a career” traneus says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Dropping Pujara in Edgbaston Test good sign of strength for India: Mike Hussey

first_imgIndia took a surprising call on Wednesday as they dropped Cheteshwar Pujara for the first Test against England at Edgbaston.The decision took many by surprise as Pujara has been one of the mainstays in the Indian batting lineup in Test cricket.But a look at his numbers this year actually justifies the move as India picked KL Rahul instead of the Saurashtra batsman.Cheteshwar Pujara dropped as Team India finally runs out of patienceOffering a new perspective in this matter, former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey feels said it showed India is a strong team with good batting lineup.”The dropping of Pujara from the squad for the first test (against England) is real good sign of strength for India. It suggests the India is a good side with strong battling lineup,” he said.India vs England, 1st Test: We did well as a bowling unit, says ShamiHussey said Lokesh Rahul might have got into the playing eleven because of his current form, which is better than Pujara.”Both Pujara and Rahul are good batsmen, but sometimes a team goes for a batsman who is playing batting better than the other at a given point of time,” he said.India vs England, 1st Test: R Ashwin leads sensational Indian fightbackIn 11 Test matches in 2016, Pujara had scored 836 runs including three hundreds. The next year, Pujara was more phenomenal. In 11 Tests in 2017, he scored 1140 runs and hit four hundreds.DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARYBut there was a deeper meaning to those numbers when looked at closely. Those runs mostly came at home. In 2016 and 2017, the only Test series India played away from home were in West Indies and Sri Lanka.advertisementIn 2018, before the England tour, India had played four Tests including three in South Africa. Pujara played all four and scored 135 runs with a lone half-century against Afghanistan.India vs England: Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root with mic drop celebrationPujara’s numbers in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa are abysmal. As a number three batsman, he was expected to score big runs consistently. Moreover, he was expected to fill the big boots of Rahul Dravid.In England, Pujara managed only 222 runs from five Tests in 2014. Besides, in the lead-up to the first Test of the current five-match series, Pujara had a disappointing county stint and failed to make an impression during the practice match against Essex.His poor numbers in tough conditions finally cost him his place in the playing XI. KL Rahul, who enjoyed a sensational IPL season and topped that up with a scintillating hundred against England in the T20 International series, replaced Pujara at number three.Rahul, on the other hand, has made a solid impression as an opener in Test cricket whenever he got the opportunity. In fact, during India’s extended home season, Rahul equalled the record for most consecutive Test half-centuries. In England, there was no way the team management could have ignored him.India meanwhile, fought back on the first day of the Edgbaston Test as they reduced England to 285/9 at the close of play on the first day with R Ashwin taking 4 wickets while Mohammed Shami bagged two. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma got one wicket each.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni turns to ‘former spinner’ Ravi Shastri for advice

first_imgFor all talks of his gritty knocks as an opener and his brilliant man-management skills, what many forget is how useful a left-arm spinner current India coach Ravi Shastri was in his playing days. With 151 wickets in Test cricket and 129 wickets in ODIs, Shastri definitely knew a thing or two about spinning a web over opposition batsmen. And on Friday, it was none other than MS Dhoni who was seen having a long chat with the coach on playing spinners.Walking up to Shastri after a longish session at the nets on a day when the Men in Blue opted for an optional training session, Dhoni was understood to be discussing playing spin bowlers as Shastri could be seen turning his wrists to explain the revolutions that a spinner gives to the seam as also the rip which helps in getting them drift in the air.Even as Shastri was seen moving his wrist and fingers to explain the movements, Dhoni could be seen listening to the former India all-rounder with utmost attention. The chat lasted for close to 20 minutes before Dhoni walked off to check the pitch as Shastri made his way to the dressing room at the Headingley Cricket Ground.The legendary Sachin Tendulkar had recently brought up the point of Dhoni struggling in the middle overs – especially when the slower bowlers are on – and had questioned his performance in the game against Afghanistan.”Dhoni is a senior player and should show positive intent. Afghanistan’s bowling is good but you can’t score only 119 runs in 34 overs. He did not show any positive intent against Afghanistan. Dhoni has the ability to hit but yesterday his strike rotation was not good. He faced too many dot balls and this hampered a strong finish for India. The intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen,” he had said.advertisementFormer India player turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar had recently brought out a stat about how playing spin has been an issue with Dhoni. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Here’s something interesting about Dhoni -. 41 off 87 balls v spin this WC. But in the warm up games 69 off 56 balls v spin. That tells me it’s mental too. He does not put his wicket on the line as much in the big games (sic).”But Manjrekar had also mentioned in his interview with IANS that the Indian team needed to look beyond Dhoni when it came to winning matches.”India should be looking at others, and not just Dhoni, to win them matches. I love Dhoni best when he bats like he did in the warm-up games where he scored 30 off 30 balls and then the late flourish came.”The team management should tell him to keep up with a run-a-ball kind of start and then see how it goes. If it is 12/2, then I can understand that Dhoni’s experience comes in. But once he is in at around 22-25 overs, that should be the endeavour,” he had pointed.Also Read | Don’t know when I will retire: MS Dhoni clears the air on speculationAlso See:last_img read more

Watch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New Zealand

first_imgWatch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni was heard advising Kedar Jadhav in Marathi during the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Wellington. Jadhav had a good game, contributing with bat and ball as India won by 35 runs to clinch the series 4-1.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 17:34 IST Wicketkeeper MS Dhoni shone as he guided India’s spin bowlers in their 4-1 win over New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni’s inputs to young India spinners have been crucial to their successMS Dhoni stunned Kedar Jadhav with his Marathi knowledge during the fifth ODI vs New ZealandIndia will take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series from WednesdayMS Dhoni can do everything. He can bat, he can keep wickets, he can use the DRS better than anyone else in world cricket, he can read the game better than most AND he can speak Marathi. MS Dhoni’s stumping skills often leave cricket fans in awe but on Sunday, he stumped Kedar Jadhav with his Marathi speaking skills.During the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Wellington, MS Dhoni was once again seen guiding the bowlers as India defended 252 to clinch the series 4-1. As Rohit Sharma deployed Yuzvendra Chahal and Kedar Jadhav after Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya had rocked New Zealand’s top order, Dhoni expertly guided the spinners on what to bowl and where to bowl.MS Dhoni’s constant coaching is nothing new. But what took everyone by surprise was his Marathi speaking skills..#AskStar #askstar sunny sir who will paly no.4? And listen Dhoni’s marathi style.. pic.twitter.com/uZrFWE4h8sShishupal Kadam (@RealShishupal) February 3, 2019Kedar Jadhav trusts MS Dhoni blindly. It was Dhoni who had suggested Jadhav bowl during the 2017 home series against New Zealand and Jadhav has not looked back since. Essentially, a middle-order batsman, Kedar Jadhav is now a solid all-rounder and a regular partnership breaker. On Sunday, he dismissed Kane Williamson to derail New Zealand’s chase.After India had clinched the series last week, Jadhav had said he would close his eyes and bowl wherever Dhoni wanted him to.”The kind of cricketer I am today is because of MS Dhoni. He has always encouraged me. He had seen me in in Zimbabwe first and in the New Zealand series at home in 2016 he just wanted two overs from me and luckily for me in my second over, I got two wickets and from thereon all the seniors – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma – have been very encouraging. They give me so much confidence that I don’t feel the pressure of a part-time bowler.advertisement”I must thank Virat and Mahi bhai for letting me bowl exactly when I want t bowl. When a wicket falls, they immediately sneak in my overs so I am very lucky I think,” Jadhav told the broadcasters after the match. “In the past also, I have mentioned everytime I have a question, I look at him and he tells me ‘you have to bowl here.. you have to bowl there.’ And I close my eyes and bowl there and get a wicket,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni moves up 3 places in ICC ODI rankings after sensational run in AustraliaAlso Read | Brendon McCullum bows out of Big Bash League, eyes coaching career nextAlso Read | India rise to 2nd in ICC ODI rankings after historic series win vs New ZealandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Kedar JadhavFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Celebrating the Christmas Season at Province House

Province House is all set for the Christmas season. The tree istrimmed, the lights are lit and the official Province HouseChristmas card has been sent out. Murray Scott, Speaker of the House of Assembly, invites all NovaScotians and visitors to come to the historic building to enjoythe decorations. This year’s card features the official Christmas tree on displayin the Red Chamber. The tree, a balsam fir was hand-picked anddonated by the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree ProducersAssociation. Province House will participate in the National CapitalCommission’s annual Christmas Lights Across Canada program. Theprogram co-ordinates the display of lights on Parliament Hill andat provincial and territorial legislatures throughout Canada as anational symbol of unity and goodwill. Province House is open to the public from Monday to Friday,between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is located at 1726 Hollis St.,Halifax. HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Celebrating the Christmas Season at ProvinceHouse read more

Murder case against BJP MLA after rape survivors car crash

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday registered a murder case against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others, in connection with a road accident, which left the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer critically injured, killing two of her aunts.The FIR named Sengar, nine others, and 15-20 other unnamed persons and has been registered at the Gurubuxganj police station in Raebareli under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 120b (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNeither the truck driver, Ashish Pal, nor the truck owner, Devendra Singh, have been named as accused in the UP Police FIR. Both were detained by authorities after the accident on Sunday. In this FIR, the rape survivor’s uncle alleged that her security detail had informed Kuldeep Sengar and his associates about the girl’s travel plans. A car in which the Unnao rape survivor, her family and lawyer were travelling in was hit by an over-speeding truck in Raebareli on Sunday, killing two members, leaving her and the advocate critically injured. The truck’s number plates were blackened. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayDirector-General of Police O P Singh had said that the UP government is ready to hand over the probe to CBI if requested by the victim’s family. Lucknow ADG, Rajeev Krishna, later in the day, told Millennium Post that the procedure to hand over the case to the central agency had already been initiated. The case will now go through the State government to the Union government, which can then authorise the probe agency to officially take over the FIR filed by UP Police on Monday. A team of CBI officials had also visited the rape survivor at the hospital, where she is currently being treated, as it is already probing three cases against Sengar, where she is a witness. The CBI had, in July last year, filed a charge- sheet against Sengar for raping the teenage girl and another charge-sheet against his brother Atul Sengar, for the murder of the rape survivor’s father. Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested in 2018 for allegedly raping the teenage girl at his residence in 2017. After the news of accident spread, Opposition parties have also called for a CBI probe into the matter. The matter created ripples in parliament, where the upper house, Rajya Sabha, was adjourned till noon following Opposition protests. The National Commission for Women is taking cognizance of the Unnao rape case and Sunday’s accident.last_img read more

Afghanistan UN envoy reinstates MazariSharif offices attacked in April

28 July 2011The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today reinstated the UN offices in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif where three foreign staff and four international security guards were slain in an attack in April. The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today reinstated the UN offices in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif where three foreign staff and four international security guards were slain in an attack in April. In his first visit to Mazar-i-Sharif since the attack on 1 April, Staffan de Mistura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Afghanistan, pledged that the UN will intensify its activities there. Mr. de Mistura met with the Governor of Balkh province, Ata Mohammad Noor, who reiterated his condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and gave his assurances that the UN offices will be better protected in the future. “The United Nations will remain here, the UN has been in Afghanistan for decades,” said Mr. de Mistura. He also met with members of the Provincial Committee of the High Peace Council, the leadership of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams and UN staff. At the UN compound, Mr. de Mistura assured a Gurkha guard that new measures had been introduced to “better protect the protectors.” The three staff members killed were Joakim Dungel, a human rights officer from Sweden; Filaret Motco, a political affairs officer from Romania; and Lieutenant Colonel Siri Skare, a military adviser from Norway. The four Nepalese Gurkhas who were guarding the UN centre and were also killed were Dil Prasad Gurung, Chhabi Lal Purja Pun, Narayan Bahadur Thapa Magar and Min Bahadur Thapa. “We are grateful for their sacrifice,” said Mr de Mistura, stressing that joint investigations with the Afghan authorities are ongoing to bring to justice the five or six killers who carried out the attack when a crowd of around 3,000 people were protesting against the burning of a Koran in the United States. read more

Automotive Investment Organisation secures £457m for UK businesses

The Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO), created to spearhead inward investment in to the UK, has achieved £457 million worth of investment since it was established in June last year. As part of UKTI and led by CEO Joe Greenwell, the Organisation has already secured funding for 80 projects, securing 5,600 supply chain jobs.Speaking ahead of the Manufacturing Summit (19 June 2014), which brings together government and industry to discuss the challenges and next steps for the sector, Business Minister Michael Fallon said:“Manufacturing is driving the UK’s recovery and our vibrant automotive sector is leading the way in helping to create jobs and generate growth.“The Automotive Investment Organisation can take some of the credit. It has got off to a cracking start – beating its initial targets by securing over £450 million of investment and creating and safeguarding more than 5,600 jobs in its first year.”The AIO, part of UK Trade and Investment, was originally funded with an investment of £3 million over two years. It was created following a 2012 report by the Automotive Council, which found there was an additional £3 billion of new business that could be won by UK suppliers and overseas companies looking to set up or expand manufacturing facilities in the UK.Recent examples of AIO project successes have included Canadian car manufacturer, Multimatic, announcing a new £59 million investment project which will see the creation of 232 jobs in the UK.Part of Multimatic’s investment proposal will be a new research and development facility in Norfolk and a manufacturing plant in Coventry focused on the production of advanced composite components to support the development of lightweight vehicles.The AIO has also helped BorgWarner establish a Turbocharger Centre of Excellence and launch a research and development collaboration programme with the University of Huddersfield. BorgWarner has been able to secure a supply contract for JLR as a result of this investment. Both projects have resulted in more than 200 new jobs – with a combined investment of £26 million.”CEO of the Automotive Investment Organisation and former Chair of Ford, Joe Greenwell said:“The UK automotive sector is thriving and ‘brand Britain’ vehicles are recognised around the world as a mark of premium quality, reliability and innovation.“These first year results for the AIO are testament to the high regard in which the UK industry is held internationally, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to surpass our targets, securing thousands of UK jobs and hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment into the UK. I look forward to building on this in the weeks, months and years ahead as we continue to buck the trend across the rest of Europe by growing our car production.”The 2014 Manufacturing Summit, which is being held in Liverpool, aims to bring together more than 200 manufacturing business leaders to discuss with ministers the latest progress on the Industrial Strategy, upcoming challenges and next steps for the sector as government continues to put manufacturing at the heart of its growth programme.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Grad student research awarded more than 980000

Ben Sylvester is one of 35 grad students receiving SSHRC funding this year.Brock graduate student researchers in humanities, social sciences, education and applied health sciences have received $982,500 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).Thirty-five student research applications submitted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies were successful in the 2011 round of SSHRC funding.“The success of our applications, given the very competitive nature of graduate funding awards, is a strong measure of the calibre of graduate researchers and scholars in our programs,” said Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.“Our graduate students play a vital role in the University’s research mission. The financial support is an investment that allows our students to focus exclusively on the task ahead of them and to make important contributions to the research culture at Brock.”The projects cover a range of topics, including:school experiences of female Muslims who wear the hijab in school settings where the majority of students are not MuslimBritish army strategy during the War of 1812the relations among psychopathy, aggression and empathythe psychological and physical outcomes of strength trainingThe SSHRC funding, which totals $121 million for 1,700 research projects across Canada for student and faculty researchers, was recently announced by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).Here’s a list of Brock’s successful applications for the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships:DoctoralAshley Hosker, Psychology“Empathy and impulsivity: An examination of the casual mechanisms that underlie the relationship between psychopathic personality and physical aggression”Benjamin Sylvester, Applied Health Sciences“Understanding the relationship between psychological need satisfaction, well-being and performance through the mediational role of behavioural regulations”Victoria Tasker, Geography“A participatory approach to the integration of geospatial information for improved decision making in viticulture”Doctoral FellowshipsMay Al-Fartousi, Education“Unveiling Shi’i Religious Identities: Case Studies of Hijab in Culturally Homogeneous Canadian Schools”Megan Gordon, Education“Effectiveness of Ontario teacher education programs in preparing white teacher candidates to engage in race and racialization issues in the classroom”Jumoke Isekeije, Social Justice and Equity Studies“Online news forums: women’s alternative public sphere”Master’sJessica Alcock, Child and Youth Studies“Who is allowed to speak? A look at self-accounts of autism”Valerie Attewell, Applied Disability Studies“Dating relationships and use of communication technology while under the influence of alcohol using a high school sample”Sarah Baker, Education“Insights into the Individual Education Plan: Exploring multiple perspectives to enhance effective implementation”Andrew Bayer, Psychology“Effects of psychotherapy techniques on offender rehabilitation”Laura Berger, Popular Culture“Raunch culture and girls’ series fiction”Lindsey Cary, Psychology“Differential hiring of immigrants: The influence of individual differences”David Connors, History“A study of the organizational structure of the British command in Canada during the War of 1812”Scott Crozier, Applied Health Sciences“Musculature of a male experimenter on self-presentational concerns and maximal strength performance for the chest press and leg press”Julie Domitrek, Women Studies“From the ground-up and the top-down: New/activist and mass/mainstream media coverage of the Toronto G20 protests”Sarah Farrell, Child and Youth Studies“Families as authentic partners in literacy programs”Shawn Geniole, Psychology“PERSONALITY traits underlying costly and non-costly aggressive behaviour”Thomas Glasbergen, History“Cicero in 18th-century Britain”Susan Grouchy, Classics“An examination of political involvement in the Eleusinian mysteries in Classical Greece”Setareh Hooshmand, Psychology“Risk taking and depressive symptoms: A longitudinal study across adolescence”Matthew Horner, Psychology“The influence of body posture on children’s emotional perception”Steven Lee, History“Impact of the proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline: Aboriginal sovereignty, economic transformation and political change in the Northwest Territories”Jenna Lorusso, Applied Health Sciences“Examining perceived values of Physical Education; and the impact of those values on current and future Physical Education”Petre Lozinov, Psychology“Investigating the role of environmental factors on a victim’s response to forgive, acquiesce, or revenge”Caitlin Munn, Education“Exploring contested historical evidence in the Toronto District School Board’s course “Genocide: Historical and Contemporary Implications”Samantha Rohrig, Classics“Death and burial practices in the Roman province of Hispania”Grant Schrama, History“Byzantine influence on Viking society”Hafsah Shaikh, Child and Youth Studies“South Asian women’s negotiations of hybrid identities”Laurie Sherry-Kirk, Social Justice and Equity Studies“First Nations language recovery, esteem and cultural identity”Malvina Skorska, Psychology“Sexual orientation and (self-reported) height: a physical difference, a psychosocial difference, or both?”Connie Stowe, Child and Youth Studies“An autoethnographic journey between Two Worlds”Bruce Thompson, Visual Arts“Gender, bullying, contemporary culture and visual arts”Naomi Verton, English“Exploring feminist discourses as intertext in Angela Carter’s The BloodyChamber”Jade Wallace, English“The Dead Letters: A collection of Epistolary poetry”Christopher Walsh, Sociology“Ethically unemployed: an investigation of the moral regulation of Canadian manufacturing workers’ responses to displacement and unemployment” read more

Buckeyes dominate Walsh 9363 in exhibition

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) looks for an opening during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe 2013-14 basketball season is under way for the Ohio State Buckeyes.No. 11 OSU beat Walsh University in an exhibition game, 93-63, Sunday in the team’s first action of the season.Walsh sophomore guard Jesse Hardin scored a game-high 18 points. OSU senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and junior forward LaQuinton Ross each poured in 15 to lead a balanced attack for the Buckeyes, who had five players score in double figures.After leading 49-26 at the half, OSU was slow out of the gate in the second half. Each of the Buckeyes’ first three offensive possessions ended with a turnover, two of which were committed by junior center Amir Williams.Walsh was able to get the margin down to 19 with a 3-pointer by senior forward Hrvoje Vucic with 17:04 remaining. But an 11-2 OSU run, capitalized by an inbound pass alley-oop from senior guard Aaron Craft to junior forward Sam Thompson, put the game out of reach.OSU coach Thad Matta said although Walsh played well on defense, his team did not capitalize on what mistakes their opponent did make.“We didn’t take good care of (the basketball), especially in the second half,” Matta said.The Cavaliers scored 12 points off of OSU’s 18 turnovers.OSU didn’t begin the game particularly strongly, either.“To start the game, we missed three or four lay-ups there. We didn’t have the flow we were looking for offensively,” Matta said. “We were holding the ball a little bit too long.”Williams missed a shot from close range on the Buckeyes’ second trip down the court and was substituted out shortly thereafter, but said he didn’t let the miss affect the way he played.Williams said OSU associate head coach Dave Dickerson told him in the team’s shoot-around, “Don’t let your first and second shot determine the outcome of how you play the rest of the game.”Williams would finish the game with eight points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals over 19 minutes of action.The Buckeyes and Cavaliers exchanged the lead four times in the opening minutes before Thompson put his team ahead for good with a free throw at the 15:13 mark.OSU made half of its 60 shots from the floor, including four of nine from behind the arc.The Buckeyes made 19 of 24 (79 percent) free throws, while Walsh only attempted two free throws in the first half, making one.OSU is set to tip-off its regular season Nov. 9 against Morgan State at noon in Schottenstein Center. read more

Ladybird spider among 80 animals at risk of extinction

Tansy beetle on barbed wireCredit:Jonathan Proud / Alamy Stock Photo Tansy beetle on barbed wire Woodcocks are on the RSPB's Red List Ladybird spiders and puffins are among 80 animals at risk of extinction identified by conservation charities after Government biodiversity spending was cut almost in half in three years.The RSPB and Buglife have criticised Defra after the funding for the department as a whole was increased by 11 per cent but biodiversity investment was slashed.The charities have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “save our most iconic and most loved species from extinction” by putting more funding into saving their habitats.A Treasury document has revealed that funding to protect UK species has declined every year, going from 598m in the 2015-16 financial year to 338m in 2018-19.Buglife has identified eleven insects which are at direct risk of dying out if habitat situations do not improve. If these bugs die out, their predators such as birds and small mammals will be impacted and may also become at risk.Most of the birds on the RSPB’s Red List, which includes turtle doves, merlins, woodcocks, house sparrows and puffins, are under threat because of the reduction of their habitats and a lessening of their food sources. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Woodcocks are on the RSPB’s Red List Martin Harper, Director of Conservation for the RSPB Said: “Our natural world is precious and our own prosperity is dependent on a healthy environment.“Yet, we continue to exploit it rather than nurture it.  That is why we face a climate and ecological emergency. It is also why it is wrong that Defra funding continues to decline in real terms.“There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that it pays to invest in nature which is why we call on the new Prime Minister to back up political commitments to restore nature in a generation with new laws and adequate funding.  Promises on paper will not save our iconic and most loved species from extinction if they are not followed up with urgent action.” Paul Hetherington, the director of fundraising and communcations at insect charity Buglife said: “Buglife are deeply concerned about the cuts to biodiversity funding and feel the key issue is to reinstate connectivity for nature projects such as B-Lines. Another consequence of the cut backs is a lack of protection and care for designated sites such as SSSIs which are in many cases being lost or degraded.”Insects identified as being under threat include the ladybird spider, shrill carder bee, horrid ground-weaver spider, Fonseca’s seed-fly, Freshwater pearl mussels, the white-claw crayfish and the tansy beetle.Springwatch presenter Chris Packham said: “Its cruelly ironic that as our species and habitats decline at an ever increasing rate so does the funding available to protect them . Given the monies that DEFRA does have available its shameful that more draconian cuts have been made to protecting biodiversity.” It betrays a wilful failure to prioritise a secure environmental future over short term human needs and indicates that even now , when the writing is written boldly on the wall in terms of our own peril , that they still are not properly prioritising the wildlife and habitats which we ultimately depend upon . History will not look favourably at this decision , nor those who have made it.”A Defra spokesperson said: “Our ground-breaking 25 Year Environment Plan sets ambitious goals for nature and biodiversity in England to improve our precious environment, our reforms will reward farmers for conserving and restoring habitats and new planning rules will mean newdevelopments must deliver an overall increase in biodiversity.“Furthermore, we are now funding projects across the country to turn the tide and restore lost landscapes, promote biodiversity and create habitats for our wildlife to thrive – part of our commitment to protect and improve our natural environment for future generations.” read more

Swiss test wireless cameras to monitor newborns vital signs

(AFP) Swiss researchers said Monday they have developed a wireless camera system to monitor vital signs in premature babies, a move that could replace uncomfortable and highly inaccurate skin sensors.This handout picture taken and released by Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, on April 10, 2017 shows two scientists in a laboratory speaking to each other as they check the operation of cameras intended to monitor vital signs in premature babies. (Photo: AFP)The skin sensors currently used to monitor vital signs in babies born prematurely generate false alarms in up to 90 percent of cases, mainly set off by the baby’s movement.“This is a source of discomfort for the babies, because we have to check on them every time,” Jean-Claude Fauchere, a doctor at University Hospital Zurich’s neonatal clinic, explained in a statement.“It’s also a significant stress factor for nurses and a poor use of their time –- it distracts them from managing real emergencies and can affect quality of care,” he added.His hospital is preparing to begin tests of a new, contactless system created by researchers at the EPFL polytechnical university in Lausanne and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, CSEM, in Neuchatel, the two schools said in a statement.Researchers elsewhere have also shown an interest in camera-based baby monitoring, including a British company, Oxehealth, which has run tests on newborns at a hospital in Oxford, England.The system devised in Switzerland should allow premature babies kept warm in neonatal incubators to be medically monitored using highly sensitive cameras that detect the newborn’s pulse by detecting and analysing its skin colour, which changes ever so slightly every time its heart beats.“Breathing is monitored by measuring movements of its thorax and shoulders. At night, infrared cameras take over, which means that monitoring can be carried out non-stop,” the statement said.The optical system was designed by CSEM researchers, who chose cameras sensitive enough to detect minute changes in skin colour, while the EPFL researchers designed algorithms to process the data in real time, it said.“We ran an initial study on a group of adults, where we looked at a defined patch of skin on their foreheads,” EPFL doctoral student Sibylle Fallet said in the statement.“With our algorithms we can track this area when the person moves, isolate the skin pixels and use minor changes in their colour to determine the pulse,” she said, adding that “the tests showed that the cameras produced practically the same results as conventional sensors.”Once the system has been extensively tested on premature babies, it could one day replace skin sensors altogether, the schools said.“In addition to cutting down on false alarms, it would also be more comfortable for the babies,” the statement said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘We need justice’ …family calls for independent probe into death of baby burnt at GPHCFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news”GPHC slapped with $20M lawsuit after baby falls from cotDecember 1, 2015In “Business”GPHC receives fetal monitors from Help the Kids OrganisationDecember 1, 2014In “Business” read more

Gurbindo enters Barcelona history – scores 10000th goal in EuroCups for them

Eduardo Gurbindo enters the FC Barcelona history as the player scored the teams’ 10.000th goal in European Cups since the team is competing in them. In the game against Pick Szeged, at a score 18:15 for Barcelona, Gurbindo scores for the 19:15, and this was the teams’ milestone goal.Barcelona started their European Cups in 1969. The first match ever was against Dudelange from Luxembourg, which Barcelona and lost 20:18, however they won the return game in Barcelona with 25:15.Gurbindo joined Barcelona Summer 2012 after spending three years in Valladolid. ← Previous Story TuSEM Essen fires Mike Handschke – Christian Prokop new coach Next Story → RK Vardar Pro sign Milos Dragas Barcelonadudelangegurbindoluxembourg read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Yefomit Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4502169 Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 4:52 PM 6,614 Views No Comments By Garreth MacNamee The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Yefomit Feb 19th 2019, 4:53 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #ABORTION: TD Ruth Coppinger has told the Dáil that a pregnant woman went to the UK to secure an abortion despite being told in an Irish hospital that she had only a 15% chance of delivery.2. #FEEL THE BERN: Bernie Sanders has said he is running for US president in 2020.3. #THINK 32: A new survey found that the majority of Irish people would like to see a united Ireland in their lifetime.4. #CARJACKING: A woman was the victim of a carjacking in Kildare this morning after she was threatened at knifepoint after being flagged down by a man at 7am this morning.5. #RIP: Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85. Share2 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ghost Runners Brewery dispute ends

first_imgGhost Runners Brewery will remain in operation after resolving a lawsuit with a former investor, though it will lose its expansion space at The Waterfront Vancouver.The Vancouver brewery and Texas entrepreneur Brad Rummer reached the settlement late last week. Financial terms were not disclosed.Ghost Runners Brewery will retain its current taproom at 4216 N.E. Minnehaha St. The brewery’s founders faced losing the entire business after being placed into receivership.“We’re just happy to have what we started back,” co-founder Amy Seibel said of the taproom. “That’s ours. It’s a good thing. It definitely could have been a lot worse.”Rummer will retain the lease for restaurant space at the waterfront that was to be the brewery’s next phase. He told The Columbian he is happy to put the case behind him.“Nothing ever works out well when it goes the legal route. Nobody’s happy,” he said. “I’m sure it was a learning experience on both parties.”last_img read more

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Wilmington Band Parents Friends Hands Out 16 Scholarships

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Wilmington High School’s Scholarship Night, the Wilmington Band Parents & Friends awarded 16 scholarships.The following two students received the Joanne Benton Performing Arts Leadership Scholarship, which is awarded annually to the two senior band members who exhibit the same leadership and commitment as Ms. Benton did. This year’s two recipients were:Marissa LoGrassoRobert SicaThe following 14 individuals were awarded with a scholarship from the Wildcat Band Parents as recognition for their dedication and commitment to the Wilmington Wildcat Bands. The 2018 Wildcat Band Scholarship recipients were:Joseph BalliroJulia BurkeAndrew DawsonJoslyn DeFeoMacy DoucetteRebecca KendallJasmine LeBritney MallebrancheSteven McHughJessica MooreSharanya RamananKyle RitsonMichael ScaramozzinoHannah Walsh(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Band Parents & Friends Association.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Soliciting Business & Family Donors For 2019-2020 BannerIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Sass and Zirkle lead Iditarod down Yukon River

first_imgTwo Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle reached the Yukon River checkpoint of Galena Friday morning. (Photo by Zach Hughes/KSKA)Dog teams moved swiftly down the Yukon River all Friday afternoon. Many came off an eight-hour rest, but some mushers chose to push their teams before taking the mandatory break on the river. KNOM’s Emily Schwing reports.Download AudioIt was just before noon as Brent Sass’s dog team sped through the Galena checkpoint without picking up straw, grabbing only his drop bags. Sass also didn’t take any extra dog food with him, which means he probably didn’t plan to camp on his way to Nulato.But he did take some human food with him: a bag of chocolate chip cookies, another bag of candy and few small bits of gear.The thick layer of clouds that blanketed the town all morning was just burning off as Sass scrambled through Galena. The weather system dropped a couple inches of snow on the river overnight.“That was fun, padding for the dogs,” said Sass.Sass said his dogs were doing great.“They’re wonderful, they’re eating like crazy, I’ve got no complaints. I’ve got 14 strong pulling dogs, so I am a happy man at the moment,” said Sass.As Sass sped past, Aliy Zirkle’s dogs barely lifted their heads. They arrived an hour earlier and were snuggled in for their mandatory eight-hour rest after a long, hard push from Takotna.“I don’t know how many people and maybe not my team could do the run I just did. That’s a bold move with little rest,” said Zirkle.Winning Iditarod mushers on the northern route have clustered in Ruby for their eight-hour rest. (Graphic by Ben Matheson/ Alaska Public Media)Zirkle’s team rested only six hours in a day and a half long run to Galena.“Well you only know what you do after. We’ll see whether I’m picking up the pieces or not,” said Zirkle.Zirkle says this was her big move. A reroute due to open water on the river means what is traditionally a 37 mile run to Nulato has now been extended by roughly 20 miles overland. But she says her effort might have given her an advantage.“We’ll see what [the dogs] look like. An eight-hour rest is a long rest and now it’s interesting. It’s now a 58 instead of a short little run. Actually, that’s in my favor, because I’m sitting here eight [hours]. And I kind of think I’m gonna just skip through the checkpoints now, I kind of don’t want to do another long run, because I don’t want to take all their speed away.”As Zirkle pondered her next step in the mid afternoon, mushers who opted to take their eight hour layovers earlier in the morning in Ruby were just starting to hit the trail. Pete Kaiser says a tough run gave him a reason to stop.“Rough trail and long miles both,” said Kaiser.But perhaps his stop in Ruby had more to do with how tired he was.“I smashed my nose on my handlebar three times this morning falling asleep, that felt good,” said Kaiser.Pete Kaiser wasn’t the only musher to appear tired. Michelle Phillips also says she stopped because her dogs needed rest, but she seemed pretty trail-worn herself.“It’s changing so much. It used to be a good trail was something different than it is now. The trail now is a little bit of snow that you travel on, bouncing along crashing into things,” said Phillips.She says she opted to take eight hours, because it would put her on a better schedule.“Yeah, I just did a long run so it sets me up and I’ll be on a good schedule. I don’t want to be running in the heat of the day. Right now it’s 7:30, I stay here eight hours, I’ll be leaving at 3:30 when it starts getting cooler,” said Phillips.But some mushers weren’t quite ready to stay for eight hours.Joar Leifseth Ulsom stopped for only four hours – long enough to get a meal into his dogs.“The dogs are doing good, so I figure I can save it for a little bit,” said Ulsom.He says he’s been holding his team back, but with river miles ahead, it’s time to let up on the brake.“I just gotta try and follow my plan and see how the team looks. We still gotta go up the whole Yukon river, so maybe if we’ve got some juice in Kaltag we can do something, but there’s a lot of nice dog teams here,” said Ulsom.As teams wind their way down the Yukon, mushers will start to find out how the rest they have built up in the first half of the race translates to speed.last_img read more

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1 burnt dead in city gas leak fire 7 injured

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationOne among the eight people, who sustained burn injuries in a suspected gas leak fire at Beparipara in Uttarkhan area of the capital early Saturday, passed away under treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the morning.Azizul, 30, died at the hospital around 10:30am, reports UNB.Seven other injured people — Dablur, 33, Anjum, 33, Abdullah, 5, Urmi, 16, Purnima, 30, Sufia, 60, Sagor, 12, hailing from Bhangura in Pabna district — were undergoing treatment at the hospital.They were living in the ground-floor flat of a two-storey building, said DMCH police outpost sub-inspector Bachchu Miah adding that most of the victims are readymade garment workers and one of them was rickshaw puller.The fire broke out at the ground-floor flat around 4:00am as there was a leak in their gas pipeline, said Shafiqul Islam, a senior station officer of fire service and civil defence in Uttara.On information, three units of the fire service rushed in and doused the blaze, he added.Later, the fire fighting team rescued the injured from the flat and took them to the hospital, said the official adding that the conditions of six were critical.last_img read more

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62 sacks of VGF rice seized

first_img.Sixty two sacks of rice meant for distribution among poor people under the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme were seized in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj on Monday, reports UNB.Upazila Nirbahi Officer Iffat Jahan said 69 sacks of VGF rice were allocated for the poor and helpless people of ward-2 of Tarash municipality on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.However, councilor Bakul Hossain distributed only seven sacks of rice among them and sold the remaining 62 sacks in the black market.Receiving the information, the UNO conducted a drive and recovered the VGF rice, he said, adding that the seized rice was kept at the government silo.last_img read more